Arthritis2019-08-18T22:10:38-04:00

Arthritis

Is your joint pain making it difficult for you to perform normal everyday tasks?

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Arthritis Pain Treatment

Dr. Heather Lambert explains where arthritis pain comes from and what Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine can do to treat arthritis in Summerville, and Mount Pleasant, SC.
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Find Relief

The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine can help manage the pain and inflammation osteoarthritis (OA) causes with non-steroidal injections.  For relief from your joint pain, call your nearest location or book an appointment online.

Different Types

Arthritis is a general term that refers to painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints. There are more than 100 types of arthritis currently recognized by modern medicine, but when it comes right down to it, the common factor is inflammation.

Friction

Anywhere in your body where two bones meet, there is going to be some level of friction. Our bodies are designed to easily handle a certain amount of that friction. But in cases where it becomes too much, arthritis begins to develop and will continue to progress unless something is done.

Posture

One of the major factors that contribute to arthritis is poor posture. There’s a reason that we are drawn to people with excellent posture – it’s an indicator of excellent health! As posture becomes worse, the pressure and friction on all of your joints increased.

Body’s Response

The body’s response is to send extra calcium into the joints and muscles holding them up to protect the bones. This is similar to how a gymnast uses chalk dust to protect their hands on the uneven bars.

Calcium is not smooth and slick like the normal surfaces of a healthy joint though and only serves to slow down the damage that is happening.

Treatment

Conventional medical “wisdom” recommends NSAID’s, corticosteroids, or analgesic drugs. These don’t offer any kind of real solution that will last more than a short time. The mechanics of the body must be changed!

Our physicians have a deep understanding of how the muscles and skeleton function together. They have developed an approach that uses a multidisciplinary approach to accurately diagnose what is causing your pain. We then create a plan to help your body work as it is supposed to.

We Have Many Tools To Help You Find Relief

  • Non-steroidal injections to help relubricate stiff, achy joints.

  • Trigger point injections to calm spasming stiff muscles.

  • Chiropractic adjustments (when it comes to back and neck pain, this is one of the fastest, safest treatments available)

  • Physio-rehab – our gentle stretching and exercise system retrains and strengthens your muscles gradually. We developed our system to be modified to fit any level of fitness, and to be adjusted to your particular needs.

  • Injections and chiropractic care will get you out of pain, this is what will keep you there!

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Mt. Pleasant Office

(843) 940-8000
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Summerville Office

(843) 486-0999
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FAQ

What is arthritis?2018-12-31T13:32:18-04:00

Arthritis is a medical condition characterized by joint inflammation. It’s a common condition that affects many adults. The different types of arthritis include:

  • OA
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
What is Osteoarthritis?2018-12-31T13:36:13-04:00

OA, or osteoarthritis, is one of the most common forms of arthritis that develops from the wear and tear of life that leads to the thinning of the protective cartilage in-between your bones. It tends to occur as you get older and is more common in women. Excess weight and genetics may increase your risk of developing OA.

OA can affect any joint in your body, but it most commonly causes symptoms in the hips, hands, knees, and spine.

How do I know I have osteoarthritis?2018-12-31T13:46:20-04:00

Common symptoms of OA include:

  • Joint pain and tenderness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Feeling stiff, especially after waking in the morning
  • A grating sensation as your joints rub together

You may also develop bone spurs, which create hard lumps around your joints.

How is osteoarthritis managed?2019-02-12T23:56:40-04:00

There is no cure for OA, but the team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine may be able to help manage your symptoms to improve your quality of life.

Common treatments for OA include:

  • Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medication
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Gentle exercise that involves breathing and stretching such as yoga or tai chi
  • Non-steroidal joint injections

The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine may also recommend home treatments to help relieve pain, including heat and cold therapy, anti-inflammatory creams, and weight loss.

If the more conservative treatments can’t improve your symptoms, the team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine may suggest surgery, such as an osteotomy to realign your bones or a joint replacement.

What Are Non-Steroidal injections?2019-02-12T23:55:29-04:00

A non-steroidal injection lubricates the joint to relieve pain and discomfort. The injection contains hyaluronic acid, which is similar to the fluid naturally found in your joints. The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine provide the injection in-office.

While the non-steroidal injection may help improve your pain, it’s only recommended after other less invasive treatments, including medication and therapy, have failed.

For joint pain relief, call the location nearest you or book an appointment online.

Arthritis

Commonly Accepted Medical Insurances

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine accepts a variety of major insurance plans. For specific insurance plan inquiries, please contact our office.